Working with our partners to support prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV around the globe.

The Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) is an integral part of ViiV Healthcare’s commitment to communities affected by HIV and AIDS. We support organisations working to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV by empowering mothers and children across the globe. Every year, we continue to form new partnerships with community-based organisations; dedicated to improving health and wellbeing and ending AIDS in their communities.

In 2009, ViiV Healthcare committed £50 million in the PACF over ten years. In the past six years, PACF has invested £34.3 million in more than 260 partnerships. PACF supports organisations across four continents, with special attention given to countries with the greatest need for PMTCT interventions including Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya.

PACF’s efforts align to ‘Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free’, the super-fast-track framework for ending AIDS in children, adolescents and young women by 2020. Within this framework, PACF prioritises ‘Start Free’ with the aim of reducing the number of newly-infected children and sustaining lifelong HIV treatment for pregnant mothers. The Fund also aims to alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and children’s health by supporting interventions that engage affected communities, developing their capacity to participate and lead.

Grant Call for Proposals

Due to its success over the past 5 years, which has seen a significant growth in applications, PACF is expanding the opportunities for community-based organisations to apply for funding by moving to a rolling-application window with applications being accepted year-round. The PACF Board will meet three times a year to review and approve applications submitted throughout the year.

For more information about the call, access to guidance documents and to submit your application, head to the Positive Action Online Community via the following link: www.positiveaction.force.com/pacf/login

Technical Assistance Call for Proposals

Alongside its grant programme, the PACF’s Technical Assistance programme provides capacity-building support to selected PACF-funded community-based organisations identified as requiring additional technical support to implement their funded project.

Technical Assistance aims to strengthen community-based organisation capacity by improving their HIV knowledge, internal processes and individual skills, thereby leading to more effective programmatic interventions and improved health outcomes. It is through this combination of funding to grassroots organisations and technical support that the PACF aims to enable strengthened community responses, improved programme-outcomes and long-term sustainable in-country capacity.

PACF is now inviting organisations with the capacity to provide Technical Assistance to apply to become one of the PACF’s preferred capacity-building partners. For more information on the PACF Technical Assistance Programme, access to guidance documents, and to submit your application, please visit the Positive Action Online Community via the following link: www.positiveaction.force.com/pacf/login.

The PACF has awarded grants to 11 community-based organisations in 2017. The call for proposals for PACF grants is now open throughout the year so there will be a further two windows when more Grantees will be announced in July and December 2017.

New Grantees for 2017:

Baylor College of Medicine--Children's Foundation Malawi
Baynards Zambia Trust
Center for Development and Capacity Building (CDCB)
Interated Community Development Initiative (ICODI)
Island Hospice & Healthcare
Lusa Program
World Vision Kenya


Extensions of existing grants:

Egyptian Youth Association for Health Development
Kabangwe Creative Initiative Association
National Association for People living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi

PACF has moved to a new and exciting online platform!

Our new home allows users to submit  proposals, connect with other organisations, and learn from each other by sharing experiences, asking questions and generating key topic discussions around challenges in the HIV community. It also gives individuals the opportunity to share photos, videos or information about their community projects. Please note: you do not need to be a current PACF Grantee to access our new home – we encourage all non-governmental and community based organisations to join our community! 

Head to the PACF Online Community now and join the PACF Family!            

The Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) in association with MTV/Staying Alive Foundation, the International AIDS Society and Keep A Child Alive invited NGOs and community groups worldwide working on PMTCT/eMTCT to take part in our film competition – Every Footstep Counts.

Through Every Footstep Counts, We want to showcase the brilliant work taking place in communitites around the world aiming to eliminate mother-to-child transmission and paediatric HIV. The prize money of $10,000 is intended to help continue the great work that is being showcased, so put your best foot forward and show us what you do for your communities.

Over the previous years we have received nearly 100 entries in total. All entries are first put to a public vote, after which, the top 6 are shortlisted and presented to our independent judging panel. The judges then select two winners, who will be announced during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in July 2018.

Winners are awarded an unrestricted grant of $10,000 and are invited to attend the International AIDS Conference, both getting the chance to showcase their work and be recognised for their achievements on an international platform.

Find out more and get involved at everyfootstepcounts.com.

2016 Competition

ViiV Healthcare is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Every Footstep Counts competition. We were once again overwhelmed by the videos submitted, receiving 45 videos and over 100,000 public votes. Our expert judging panel selected their winning videos, from which two joint first place and two joint second place winners were selected:

 In joint second place…

  • Pro-Life Advancement and Education Partners (PLAEP) – Esther, A Beacon of Hope!: The PLAEP film follows the story of a woman named Esther, who is living with HIV and felt very alone in her diagnosis, until she was put in touch with a Grassroots Building Our Wealth group (GROW) of other HIV positive women who help support each other, and save and borrow money from one another to improve their economic status.
  • World Vision Uganda – TTC Contribution in the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS: World Vision Uganda’s film follows Charity - who is affected by HIV in the Kitgum district in Uganda. Her story highlights the importance of maternal health during pregnancy to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as the significance of involving family members and friends in any counselling or educational sessions to extend the messages further and ultimately prevent future HIV infections.

In joint first place…

  • India Health Action Trust (IHAT) – A Tale To Tell: IHATS’ winning video looks at HIV diagnosis from the eyes of a mother called Bawna, and showcases how women like her, living with HIV in India, can be supported when they feel disheartened. This emotive and powerful video shows the power of educating mothers diagnosed with HIV to avoid mother-to-child transmission, better understand their diagnosis and the importance of eating nutritiously and interacting with other women living with HIV – all things that help mothers living with HIV feel more positive about their futures.
  • Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRII) – Change Makers: PHRII’s winning video follows the on-the-ground work they carry out in rural villages in India to treat and prevent HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and reproductive tract infections (RTI) and the positive impact it is having. With women making up almost half of the 2.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS in India[i], PHRII set up remote clinics to ensure that women affected by HIV/AIDS are regularly receiving the treatment and counselling they require to allow them to lead healthy lives.

You can view a summary video of all entries received, including the winning submissions, on our 2016 Every Footstep Counts Playlist!

We would like to thank everyone who entered the Every Footstep Counts competition and shared their story. It is through your creative storytelling that the importance of grassroots programming in supporting communities can be showcased, in turn demonstrating the essential role of the community in the response to the HIV epidemic across the globe.

2014 Competition

In 2014, we were overwhelmed by the interest the first ever Every Footstep Counts received. 45 innovative videos were submitted and over 24,000 votes were cast, from which two winners were selected by our expert judging panel:

  • Help Lesotho: focused on delivering education, leadership development and support programs with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS
  • The Public Health Research Institute of India: focused on promoting and empowering women in their right to voluntary, comprehensive and culturally sensitive services for family planning, reproductive health and HIV

You can view a summary video of all entries received, including the winning submissions, on our 2014 Every Footstep Counts Playlist!


FAQs and Terms & Conditions: For more information on the Every Footstep Counts competition, please refer to the Every Footstep Counts Website.